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What you need to understand when communicating in Asturies is that there are two languages- Castellano (Spanish) and Asturien. Asturien has about a 80% similarity to Castillian Spanish. Except in the most rural, isolated places you can be pretty sure that people will speak Spanish. You will notice that lots of signs are written in both languages, but this isn't because people can't also read Spanish. It's because that many Asturiens feel like their culture and language are being suppressed by the government in Madrid. There is a real effort in Asturies to have the culture and language of Asturies validated and officially recognized by the government.
Here is a link that will give you a list of translations of commonly used words from Asturien to Spanish (it takes a while to load): http://www.infoasturias.com/plantillas/SRT_plantilla_recurso_sin_zona_frame.jsp?id_nodo=3285&&&keyword=&auditoria=F
Here is site that will give you basic Spanish vocabulary for dining, lodging and on the highway you may need when you are in Asturies.http://www.asturnor.com/dic.htm
Below is a link to the organization that is fighting for the normalization of the Asturien language.
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